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  • #95079

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    First Look: Smashburger bringing its signature style to Columbus

    Business First by Dan Eaton, Staff reporter

    Date: Friday, December 21, 2012, 12:56pm EST

    With Denver-based Smashburger planning to open its first Columbus-area restaurant early next year, it’s fair to ask just what the heck is a Smashburger?

    “We can’t get too far into the conversation without talking about the smash,” franchisee Drew Hansen told me during an interview for my story in this week’s paper on Smashburger opening at the Commons at Clark Hall in February. “The smash is where the flavor comes from.”

    READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2012/12/first-look-smashburger-bringing-its.html

    WEB: http://smashburger.com

    #527956
    Coremodels
    Coremodels
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    hmmmm…looks like a Ritzy’s Burger…I’m in. Isn’t Drew Hansen like a radio personality?

    #527957
    vestanpance
    vestanpance
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    My Cincinnati friends rave about this place

    #527958

    Jman4ever
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    Dispatch tells me they open in Columbus tomorrow. (Reynoldsburg I think)

    We were in West Chester Sunday, tried them out. Decent, not great burgers.
    Fried veggie sticks were pretty good.

    I liked Graffiti Burger better.

    #527959

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    Smashburger Opens First Central Ohio Location in Gahanna
    Published on February 20, 2013 8:00 am
    By: Ayana Wilson

    In the gourmet burger world, there are only a few names really worth mentioning, and of them, Smashburger is near the top. Dubbed the fastest growing better burger chain in the country, and with branches nationwide, Smashburger has become synonymous with delicious, made-to-order burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and shakes. And they’ve brought that winning formula to Ohio, with one restaurant already open in Dayton and the latest set to open on February 20th in Gahanna at 109 North Hamilton Road.

    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/smashburger-opens-first-central-ohio-location-in-gahanna-aw1

    #527960

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    Smashburger opening 2nd area restaurant as ‘Starbucks of burgers’ sets aggressive plans
    Aug 21, 2013, 3:03pm EDT
    Dan Eaton | Business First
    By the time Smashburger hits its one-year anniversary in Central Ohio, it could have three restaurants open with more to come. That pace isn’t a surprise. Rapid growth is the modus operandi for the Denver-based fast-casual burger chain. Founded in just 2007, it has grown to more than 200 restaurants nationwide with aspirations to be at more than 1,000 in the next five years.

    Local franchisee Drew Hansen is doing his part. He opened the first area Smashburger in February in Gahanna and is ready to light the grills on a second at the Westerville Square Shopping Center. He’s in negotiations on space in Lewis Center for his third, which could open in six months, and likely will look to the Hilliard-Rome Road corridor after that.

    READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2013/08/smashburger-opening-2nd-area.html

    #527961

    RhondaH
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    Thought their burgers were fairly average (in a world of fast casual burgers) but they are having a BOGO so you can have a second opinion :

    http://smashburger.fbmta.com/shared/images/45097156614/45097156614_20130820015234.jpg

    good until the 27th

    smashclub

    http://smashburger.fbmta.com/members/UpdateProfile.aspx?Action=Subscribe&_Theme=

    #527962

    billbix
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    Tried them out and felt they are just ‘ok’. I was hoping for something more unique. I do not think it adds much to what we already have in the local ‘better’ burger scene. I can image them lining up on Rome Hilliard, Bethel, Sawmill and Morse Road type corridors as eluded to in the Biz Journal piece. After seeing the decline in quality at Graffiti Burger I wonder if the gourmet burger fad is sustainable over the long haul.

    I thought the employees were nice and attentive for a fast casual place. That is always good to see.

    #993488

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    Mar 25, 2014, 12:52pm EDT
    Smashburger franchisee cooks up plans for at least six local restaurants
    Dan Eaton
    Staff reporter – Columbus Business First

    Central Ohio franchisee Drew Hansen is ready to open his third Smashburger next month with the promise of more on the way. The Denver-based better burger fast-casual joint got its first Central Ohio restaurant 13 months ago.

    READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/03/smashburger-franchisee-cooks-up-plans-for-at-least.html

    #1092915

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    State shuts down Smashburger in Central Ohio
    Sep 11, 2015, 1:32pm EDT
    Dan Eaton – Staff reporter – Columbus Business First

    Central Ohio’s three Smashburger restaurants have been closed — and it’s not clear when they’ll reopen. The vendor’s license for local franchisee Venture53 Restaurants LLC has been suspended because it did not file or pay state sales taxes for either two consecutive reporting periods or three reporting periods in a 12-month span, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation. The franchisee also is in the department’s Habitual Offenders Program.

    READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2015/09/11/state-shuts-down-smashburgers-in-central-ohio.html

    #1109638

    lbl
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    from http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/01/05/smashburger-ceo-heres-where-were-looking-to-open.html

    “The company took over three units that were closed in September when the franchisee was shut down by the state for unpaid taxes.
    The past four months have been spent renegotiating leases with the three property owners in Westerville, Gahanna and Powell and hiring up to 80 staff members. Some managers under the franchisee are returning to work for the company, but most of the employees are new.

    Looking to open 5 more in the Central Ohio Market …
    Crane declined to share any specific sites, but said the company is looking in five areas – Dublin, Hilliard-Rome Road, Polaris, Pickerington and Grandview Heights – and has issued letters of intent on a couple of spots.
    He put the time frame for new restaurants at between 18 and 36 months because some of the potential sites are in developments that are not yet built.

    #1111001

    Mister Shifter
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    from http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/01/05/smashburger-ceo-heres-where-were-looking-to-open.html

    “The company took over three units that were closed in September when the franchisee was shut down by the state for unpaid taxes.<br>
    The past four months have been spent renegotiating leases with the three property owners in Westerville, Gahanna and Powell and hiring up to 80 staff members. Some managers under the franchisee are returning to work for the company, but most of the employees are new.

    Looking to open 5 more in the Central Ohio Market …<br>
    Crane declined to share any specific sites, but said the company is looking in five areas – Dublin, Hilliard-Rome Road, Polaris, Pickerington and Grandview Heights – and has issued letters of intent on a couple of spots.<br>
    He put the time frame for new restaurants at between 18 and 36 months because some of the potential sites are in developments that are not yet built.

    They’ll just end up failing again. The food there isn’t very good (and I’m not a contrarian when it comes to food places). They taste like Steak & Shake “smashed” thin patties, and their special sauce isn’t remarkable at all. I thought their shakes weren’t good (how do you mess up a milkshake?), and parmesan rosemary fries aren’t wowing anyone in 2016.

    With Five Guys, and plenty of other places in Columbus to get fast casual burgers (hell, even Wendy’s is on-par or better than Smashburger), I don’t see them having much success.

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